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03-30-2015 03:02 AM

Good evening all. I’m going to be building a set of 3 doors for a china cabinet. They will be frame and panel construction and I want to use solid wood for the panels. I need the panels to be 13” wide X 3/8” thick. If I do gut a straight side by side glue up will this be strong enough? I will leave about 1/8” extra on each side of the frames for wood movement. Any thoughts or ideas would be greatly appreciated.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 03-30-2015 03:14 AM

How thick is the frame going to be? Is the panel going to be flat? If not, 3/8” for a raised panel would be too thin in my opinion and if you use it, you don’t need 1/8” from side to side. Probably about 1/8” total would work just fine.

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#2 posted 03-30-2015 05:16 AM

If you’re asking if you can make a glued up panel using 3/8’’ stock for a door panel the answer is yes.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#3 posted 03-30-2015 11:32 AM

Should be fine. I’ve edge boards less than 1/4”.

As one poster said, these would have to be flat panels.

Raised panels are usually the same thickness as the doors.

This time of year you do need to size it down because of summer expansion, so depending on the type of wood and the way its sawn, you could get appreciable expansion. Better safe than sorry.
Main thing is if you’re panel fits tight to the groove it won’t rattle.

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#4 posted 03-30-2015 12:44 PM

I’ve raised the edges of 3/8” panels without problem before, you’ll just want to be certain the glue up is as flat as possible.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#5 posted 03-30-2015 01:33 PM

Mark, here is a tool I routinely use for determining how much space to leave for panels. If you want the look of flat panels, but are concerned about their strength. you can make them thicker and keep the raised panel on the inside of the door. Put a dab of glue in the center of each panel at the top and bottom to prevent rattling. That way the doors can still expand and contract as needed. Finally, I would pre-finish the panels to prevent the un-finished edges from showing during the heating season when humidity is at its lowest. HTH

-- Art

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#6 posted 03-30-2015 04:15 PM

I should have mentioned they will be flat panels. Thank you for the input gents. I think I’ll stick with the 1/8” on each side with a drop of glue in the centre top an bottom. That’s quit a tool Art. Very cool. Thanks mate.

-- Mark

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#7 posted 03-30-2015 04:19 PM

This is a drawing I picked up over at the woodwebs professional cabinet making forum. Evidently this is a common way to make flat panel doors.

If you want a raised panel door the most common is made from 5/8 thick panel so the face of the panel comes out flush with the frame. This is so the whole door can be ran through a wide belt sander.

There are some who like a raised panel door to be proud of the frame. In that case they use 3/4 or thicker panel. Mostly 3/4.

All this is when using 3/4 thick frame. Some even prefer 7/8 thick frame, adjust the panel thickness accordingly.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#8 posted 03-30-2015 04:28 PM

Another option for flat panel doors is using center style and 1/4 inch thick book matched panels. This way there is no need to do any glue ups.

That what I did in these picture. Only draw back is it does make the door feel a little on the light side.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#9 posted 03-31-2015 04:01 PM

Thanks for the additional input AG. I like what you did in your kitchen. The doors will be 17” wide …So light is good.

-- Mark

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#10 posted 04-02-2015 11:53 AM

Sounds like you’ve solved your own question Mark. Alaskaguy: good stuff.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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